Welcome to Thorne Bay Public Library
Monday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Summer Reading Program
June 1st - July 27th
The Summer reading program begins again this week!
Our first program will be Friday June 1st @ 10:30am
The summer reading program will run June 1st—July 20th.
Our end of Summer Party will be on July 27th.
Please Call Lana at 828-3303 for questions!
Mission Statement and History
Thorne Bay Public Library acts as a source of information, entertainment, intellectual development, and enrichment for the community of Thorne Bay by providing free access to books, movies, internet access, and other library materials and programming to all individuals and groups in the community.
The City of Thorne Bay was incorporated on August 2, 1982. It is located on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Island in the Alaskan Panhandle. Thorne Bay still holds the record as the world’s largest logging camp, which began in 1960 as a camp for the Ketchikan Pulp Company, and at its largest in the 1960's held over 1500 people. The population of the city started a steep decline after the logging company pulled out of the area in 1999, and now there are just over 500 people living in the city.
Also in 1999, a Library/Museum committee was formed. They found a building, and the first Thorne Bay Public Library was opened in 2001. (Before then, residents would order books by mail from the State Library in Juneau.) Unfortunately the building had a leaky roof and was located in the middle of a road right-of-way, so a new location had to be found. In 2005 the old Naukiti school building was donated to temporarily house the library. The single wide trailer was moved next to city hall where it still remains.